I saw an ad from Home depot and they have 1/4" drywall. what is it good
for? It was more money than the half inch stuff. Quantity buy?
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1/4 inch is usually used for curves and radii. It bends much easier and does
not break as easy. Always has been more expensive. But if your trying to
make curved surfaces it does the job though you have to do it twice...
I left a piece of 1/2" drywall leaning against a wall in a damp basement. In
a few weeks the board bent and the curve is permanent. I would think that
1/4" drywall will permanently accommodate a curve much easier.
Mold would be the result of constant moisture exposure or thorough, complete
saturation with water coupled with no means of evaporation. It is a simple
fact that drywall is much more flexible when moistened. This technique is
used every day by people in the trade and by those with "know how".
Hence the use of a mister. There is not enough water used to create a mold
problem, and the nature of drywall with paper skins allows moisture to wick
thru both sides of the product to balance it's self with the surrounding
You run into mold problems when you are in situations where the excess
moisture or complete saturation of the product cannot easily escape because
of the product being sealed on one side, or in the most cases, both sides of
the wall because of painted walls in adjoining rooms of a house. Think fire
with the use of hundreds of gallons of water, an undetected leak for an
extended period of time in the wall, or a flood where the drywall and wall
construction has an opportunity to absorb water thru cut ends and raw wood
timber that has not been sealed with paint or some other coating. It will
take a very long, long time for this moisture to pass thru painted walls and
creates the perfect moist, dark environment that mold thrives on.
If you mist drywall to get the product to be more user friendly and conform
to odd shapes, you simply allow ample drying time between applications of
additional layers of drywall or finish coatings before proceeding.
How much time exactly?, It depends. Hotter, drier climates may require only
a day, while colder or more humid environments may require numerous days or
even the use of additional heaters and/or dehumidifiers. If you want to be
fanatical about it, purchase a moisture probe used to determine the moisture
content of wood in the lumber industry. When the moisture content of the
wetted wall matches or nears the moisture content of surrounding walls, you
are good to go.
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It can be a quick and dirty way of coverning up old cracked but otherwise
sound plaster to give a smooth surface.
I used it once years ago on the plaster around the fireplace in my folks
home on the advice of a neighbor who did home improvement on the side.
It did the job and still looked "OK" about 20 years later the last time I
say the room.
I have never seen 1/4" The thinnest I ever saw was 3/8, and I'd never
recommend that stuff for walls. When I was young my dad made bedrooms
in the attic for us kids. He used 3/8 right on the studs. I was a
restless sleeper back then, and more than once I busted a hole in the
wall in my sleep. He finally put some thick 1/4" hardboard panelling
on the wall next to my bed and that solved that problem. I might
consider using 3/8 on a ceiling though, just because it is lighter.
But 1/4", I have never seen it sold. -OR- are they downsizing on
drywall now too, like they did to plywood. Is 3/8 actually only 1/4"
now, and 1/2" actually only 3/8"? They seem to be doing that with
almost everything. Lumber is even smaller than it used to be, copper
wire is thinner, but still rated at #14, #12, etc., and nails are
thinner than they used to be, yet rated the same. Flooring is another
one, the tile and linoleum are nothing but paper now, as is most wall
panelling. It dont just stop with building materials either. Look at
food packaging, household cleaners, etc. The last time I went to buy
a gallon of bleach, I could only find 3/4 gallon containers, and they
cost almost twice what I used to pay for a full gallon. I'm sure the
next thing will be plumbing pipe, so none of the old pipe is
compatible with the new. This is the 2000's, and the name of the game
is to charge you more and give you less..........
Pretty soon you'll buy a bag of chips for $9.99 and will only get one
chip, and a fancy plastic bag, and you'll buy a 2x4 that will be 2/32"
Previous owner of the house added on, almost, a family room and put
panelling on the studs so during a remodel contractor added drywall
the had to add 1/4" over adjacent wall for even surface.
On Sat, 27 Dec 2003 09:44:06 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
It is a specialty product aside from the uses other posters have named
it is standard for mobile homes. The increased price is due to lower
volume of purchasing and lower production runs from the manufacturer.
It is sometimes put on in another layer over drywall, with the seams
turned 90 degrees, to minimize sound transmission through the gaps.
And as others have said, for curved surfaces, or repairing bad walls.
1/4" Sheetrock has been around since the earth cooled. It's the correct
material to use when forming a curved wall. Both faces are moistened
for at least an hour and then bends as small as 5 ft radius can be made.
With 1/2" Sheetrock the minimum bend radius goes up to 20 ft. For a
tightly bent curved wall two layers of 1/4" material are used.
The likely reason for it being more expensive is that it is used (and
therefore manufactured) in smaller quantities and it is more fragile
than 1/2 material.
When you need it nothing else will suffice though.
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